The weather was amazinggggg Saturday so we decided to check out the Falls Church Farmer’s Market which is only a five minute walk from our new apartment. Since the weather has been crazy the past couple months I didn’t expect to see that many vendors, but boy was I wrong! SO many fresh veggies, baked goods, meats, and flowers. Clearly our favorite vendor was Mama’s Donut Bites. These little guys fell straight from the fryer into a tub of cinnamon sugar. Dee.lish.ous. It’s going to take some serious self control to not demolish a dozen every single weekend. Anywho we took a nice walk on the W&OD trail to and picked out about 2348023 dream houses before scoping out the antique stores for some chatchskis. This guy would only set you back $1500. Cool but not that cool.
I’m sooo glad we spent so much time outside yesterday because it JUST started snowing. I could cry. When is spring finally going to stick around???? St. Patty’s in the snow is absolutely NOT okay.
The first day of Winter gave us a high of a 70 degrees so Greg and I decided to have a picnic and explore the trails at Great Falls Park in McLean, VA. A lot of other people seemed to have had the same idea as us, but the park is so large it didn’t matter. There’s no shortage of picnic tables and grills for your enjoyment, but keep in mind that you do have to pack your trash out. After a trip back to the car to drop our picnic remnants off, we headed out along the trail to see the water. Great Falls is perfect for the day where you want to get outside and enjoy nature, but don’t want to work too hard. The trails are exactly the opposite of strenuous. Everything is clearly marked and there are tons of overlooks to see the rushing water. Some overly ambitious people were kayaking, rock climbing, and even stand up paddle boarding. We chose to have a photo shoot instead. All in all, it was a great day for Great Falls! Now if only this beautiful weather would stay…
Steve and I went on a little adventure to Harpers Ferry, WV last week. It was kind of eerie how few people were around, but I’m going to blame government shutdown and hope that more peeps are out and about when the parks are functioning. We were excited to visit because Harpers Ferry serves as the halfway stop for thru hikers of the Appalachian Trail. Steve spent an entire week on the AT this summer in VA (I think his bear count was up to 6 eeeek) and I’ve done day hikes on it in NC, VA, NY, and CT. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has a little Visitor Center there where anyone can learn more about the AT and buy souvenirs. It was really inspiring to see photos of some of the hikers they had featured on their walls. One sassy grandma hiked it all while having the AT logo painted on her nails. Inside the Visitor Center there was also a Hikers Lounge for those backpackers that are stopping through. I can only imagine how excited hikers are to grab a soda from the fridge and kick back on the computer or to catch up the world they left behind. They also have albums in the lounge filled with polaroid pictures of every thru hiker that has stopped there beginning in the 1970’s. We flipped through one from the 80’s and it was wild to see the gear (or lack thereof) people were using. Proves you don’t need the most expensive or highest tech stuff to hike 2,180 miles. It was pushing 90 degrees outside and we weren’t too happy about it. Escu me, where’s the fall weather and trees, plz!?!?While you’re walking across this bridge you’re in West Virginia, but can see Maryland and Virginia on either side in front of you!
Soooo I’m back in Virginia (YAY) visiting Steve (hire me plz) and we decided to have a Washington, D.C. tourist day because I’ve been dying to see ole Abe and the other monuments, memorials, and museums (ohmy). It was overcast and not crowded which made it perfect for walking around and making a fool of yourself modelin’ with the monuments. This is one of those pictures that would have been sooooo cuteeeee (I’m from SC, he’s from VA herroooo) if only you didn’t have to rely on strangers who only know how to take picts on their iPads. American Psycho?American Gothic?American Cuties.
We beebopped around the Museum of Natural History and the Hirshhorn (btw they’re free but close at 5:30) before taking a siesta in front of the capital. It was absolutely GORGEOUS outside. If someone would have delivered me some food, wine, and a blanket I would have stayed all night. I am so glad that we went out this weekend and took advantage of everything because now there are barricades everywhere due to a little thing known as government shutdown. Awkward.
We celebrated Steve’s 23rd birthday last month at Biergarten Haus (you can’t NOT say it in a dramatic German accent) in Washington, D.C., with his childhood bestie, Scott. It was so funs! Once you step inside you’re instantly transported to Germany and better yet, a place where you can pretend that it’s Oktoberfest 24/7. Awesome.Of course they have an amazing selection of German beers and the servers never let you get thirsty. We were loving the Paulaner Hefe-Weizen.Pretzel Rolls with beer cheese are the greatest things that can happen to you and your beer at Biergarten Haus. Warm, salty, cheesy goodness. These are the things that food day dreams are made of. If you’re anything like me lifting your beer will be your arm workout for the year.How much fun was it?! Welp, this is what the Washington Monument looks like out of the back window of a cab AFTER a trip to Biergarten Haus.
One Saturday Steve and I walked from his brother’s house in Clarendon all the way to Georgetown. It took longer than expected to reach our destination, but we came across an explosion of yarn bombs as we were walking through Rosslyn, VA!At least half a dozen trees were COVERED in yarn. It was so bright and cheery!Even the street lights were yarn bombed! I can’t imagine how many people came together to create all of it. I mean I’ve been knitting the same pair of socks since 2010.We eventually made it to Georgetown and shopped in all of the humongous and beautiful stores! Aside from the three story Anthro, my favorite store was Paper Source. They had the prettiiieeessstttt paper goods and all sorts of cute ways to keep your life organized. There were TONS of people everywhere and I had to lol at the line wrapped around the building for Georgetown Cupcakes. Seriously people, why wait in line outside in the rain for an hour for a cupcake!?!? Smh. We rested our Kim K feet (achey and swollen like 7 mo preggers Kim Kardashian in 5 inch heels) down by the water and took some glamor shots.We had a cheeseburger snack (I’m telling you, we walked A LOT) at Good Stuff Eatery, Chef Spike from Top Chef’s awesome burger/fry/shake joint. It was delicious and just the fuel we needed to make the trek back to Clarendon. Let’s just pretend we didn’t have pasta in vodka sauce immediately when we got home…
The past couple weeks I was in Northern Virginia visiting my boyfriend, Steve, and having the bestttt time. I mean if all I’m doing at home in Lexington, SC, is job searching (hiremeplz), refreshing instagram, eating, and sleeping, I might as well do that in the same place as my most favorite person! Anywho we went to Alexandria, VA, one evening when the weather was per.fect.
Before dinner, we walked along the water and checked out all of the boats!
We ate dinner at Chart House and were lucky enough to have a seat outside at one of the little umbrella tables you see above. At nice restaurants I almost ALWAYS order a pork chop, and I’m almost always in tears at how delicious it is. This night was no exception. The pork chop was roughly the size of my face and breaded in some herbed flakes of heaven. It was paired with delicious mashed potatoes and asparagus. I so wish that I had taken a picture of it! I still feel awkward whipping out my T3i in restaurants to snap a picture of my dinner. Aaannddd it looked so amazing I had to immediately dig right in. Somehow I managed to spare one bite for Steve to try before gaining membership in the Clean Plate Club. After dinner we walked through the downtown area and found room for some Ben and Jerry’s Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz Buzz. It is a very historic area so everything is reallyyyy cute aannnddd there are cobblestone streets aka don’t wear heels unless you’re a pro.
Welp, it was a wonderful summer night followed by a wonderful food coma.